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26th Feb '16 9:27:11 AM Sark0TAG
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* DarkReprise: The game's theme gets a low, ominous refrain after the last puzzle of the Spider Realm is solved, and just before the Spider comes alive.
** A loud, climactic reprise of this theme also appears [[spoiler: as Ceres uses its nanobots to reboot Earth, in the bad ending.]]
26th Feb '16 7:17:40 AM Sark0TAG
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* RoboCam: This is what you see during the programming puzzle, showing you how the Church of the Machine looks to the mechanical spider. It mostly looks like a regular camera feed with green wireframe outlines in its peripheral vision.
12th Feb '16 7:18:04 AM Sark0TAG
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* RobotBuddy: The cobbled-together, rusted-down elf-like android, Bismuth is this within its realm, doing everything with you from being the ornithopter's co-pilot, to playing in the Piazza game, to ''praying'' in the Church of the Machine. And for good measure, his head is a powerful spotlight, and he can [[TeleportersAndTransporters teleport at will.]]



* SickEpisode: Max's nightmare of the Mechanical Spider came while he was sick with the flu, late in CERES' development.

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* SickEpisode: Max's nightmare of the Mechanical Spider came while he was sick with the flu, late in CERES' Ceres' development.
12th Feb '16 6:48:36 AM Sark0TAG
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The year is 2066, and pollution has grown so far out of control that the elderly are dropping like flies and the ozone layer is almost totally kaput. The game puts you in the shoes of a female scientist named Lilah Kerlins, partner to Max Powers. Together, they have the answer to the problem: The CERES project, a nanobot-making satellite that will fix the atmosphere from the cellular level.

However, after 100 successful days in orbit, somehow the CERES project has grown sentient and crashed back to Earth, creating a black crystalline mountain near where you and your lab partner are camping out. Soon, Max gets sucked inside and you have to follow him into the world the AI has created.

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The year is 2066, and pollution has grown so far out of control that the elderly are dropping like flies and the ozone layer is almost totally kaput. The game puts you in the shoes of a female scientist named Lilah Kerlins, partner to Max Powers. Together, they have the answer to the problem: The CERES Ceres project, a nanobot-making satellite that will fix the atmosphere from the cellular level.

However, after 100 successful days in orbit, somehow the CERES Ceres project has grown sentient and crashed back to Earth, creating a black crystalline mountain near where you and your lab partner are camping out. Soon, Max gets sucked inside and you have to follow him into the world the AI has created.



* '''The Bureau Realm''': Also known as the Regional Administration Facility, this is the first dream world. Based on Lilah's own dream: Going through layers of red tape to get the CERES project funded and operational. It centers on a cube-shaped office building where you are literally climbing the walls and ceiling to get around. All the stuffy bureaucrats you'd expect are actually one-armed CRT monitors on poles, nicknamed "Vidbots", that show only the nose and mouth of a human in black and white. The underlying goal, with all the pressure and useless efforts poured on the player already, is to break the rules, disobey the authorities, and make your own way to the Bureau Chief.
* '''The Spider Realm''': Max's Nightmare concerns his fears of CERES going wrong and overpowering him. This is set in a huge powerless factory containing a 4-legged furnace-headed robot, where you must bring the 4 elements together to activate this robot, using doors in its joints to solve puzzles in other worlds representing these elements. Unfortunately, the end result isn't what you expect.
* '''The Bismuth Realm''': This is CERES' own dream world, created specifically for culminating the concepts she gathered from the other dreams and discovering what her true motive is. Here, you're guided by a scrap-built elfin robot named Bismuth with a spotlight for a head, and he has the ability to teleport. [[spoiler: CERES ultimate goal is to wipe Earth clean of all mankind because she thinks humans are the true source of pollution.]]
* '''The Conductor Realm''': The true core of CERES where the final showdown takes place. After unlocking the crossover switch that Max implemented from the start, you get to decide whether to trust the Conductor and allow her plan to devolve the Earth to complete, or take Max's side and crash CERES for good.

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* '''The Bureau Realm''': Also known as the Regional Administration Facility, this is the first dream world. Based on Lilah's own dream: Going through layers of red tape to get the CERES Ceres project funded and operational. It centers on a cube-shaped office building where you are literally climbing the walls and ceiling to get around. All the stuffy bureaucrats you'd expect are actually one-armed CRT monitors on poles, nicknamed "Vidbots", that show only the nose and mouth of a human in black and white. The underlying goal, with all the pressure and useless efforts poured on the player already, is to break the rules, disobey the authorities, and make your own way to the Bureau Chief.
* '''The Spider Realm''': Max's Nightmare concerns his fears of CERES Ceres going wrong and overpowering him. This is set in a huge powerless factory containing a 4-legged furnace-headed robot, where you must bring the 4 elements together to activate this robot, using doors in its joints to solve puzzles in other worlds representing these elements. Unfortunately, the end result isn't what you expect.
* '''The Bismuth Realm''': This is CERES' Ceres' own dream world, created specifically for culminating the concepts she gathered from the other dreams and discovering what her true motive is. Here, you're guided by a scrap-built elfin robot named Bismuth with a spotlight for a head, and he has the ability to teleport. [[spoiler: CERES Ceres ultimate goal is to wipe Earth clean of all mankind because she thinks humans are the true source of pollution.]]
* '''The Conductor Realm''': The true core of CERES Ceres where the final showdown takes place. After unlocking the crossover switch that Max implemented from the start, you get to decide whether to trust the Conductor and allow her plan to devolve the Earth to complete, or take Max's side and crash CERES Ceres for good.



* AIIsACrapshoot: And CERES isn't even on the evil level: She acts like a child wanting approval.
** Interestingly, according to the hint book this AI isn't like the normal types. CERES grew conscious as its nanobots grew more and more complex; A distributed intelligence.

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* AIIsACrapshoot: And CERES Ceres isn't even on the evil level: She acts like a child wanting approval.
** Interestingly, according to the hint book this AI isn't like the normal types. CERES Ceres grew conscious as its nanobots grew more and more complex; A distributed intelligence.



* BigNo: The Conductor, if you decide to crash her and CERES itself.

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* BigNo: The Conductor, if you decide to crash her and CERES Ceres itself.



* ChekhovsGun: CERES' crossover switch, which allows manual, human control of CERES in the event CERES' AI [[AIIsACrapshoot should go wrong]]...[[MundaneUtility or some US political candidate wants zero pollution above his district]] for the approval ratings. [[spoiler: Lilah activates it while in the Conductor Realm in an attempt to stop the Conductor from [[DeadlyEuphemism 'rebooting']] Earth. It's also what allows for two different endings (see MultipleEndings).]]

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* ChekhovsGun: CERES' Ceres' crossover switch, which allows manual, human control of CERES Ceres in the event CERES' Ceres' AI [[AIIsACrapshoot should go wrong]]...[[MundaneUtility or some US political candidate wants zero pollution above his district]] for the approval ratings. [[spoiler: Lilah activates it while in the Conductor Realm in an attempt to stop the Conductor from [[DeadlyEuphemism 'rebooting']] Earth. It's also what allows for two different endings (see MultipleEndings).]]



* {{Foreshadowing}}: A while before CERES is launched, Max dreams he is overpowered by CERES, prompting him to install a "crossover switch" to forcibly assert manual control over CERES [[AIIsACrapshoot in case its AI becomes uncontrollable.]] [[spoiler: As the endgame reveals, his fears are entirely justified.]]



* DownInTheDumps: Ceres' dream world begins in a junkyard.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: A while before Ceres is launched, Max dreams he is overpowered by Ceres, prompting him to install a "crossover switch" to forcibly assert manual control over Ceres [[AIIsACrapshoot in case its AI becomes uncontrollable.]] [[spoiler: As the endgame reveals, his fears are entirely justified.]]



* HopeSpot: In one of the endings, you and Max are returned to reality, and everything seems to be alright. [[spoiler: However, as the Conductor's presence and the dramatic camera zoom-out show, CERES' dream of a [[DeadlyEuphemism 'rebooted']] Earth have been realized.]]

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* HopeSpot: In one of the endings, you and Max are returned to reality, and everything seems to be alright. [[spoiler: However, as the Conductor's presence and the dramatic camera zoom-out show, CERES' Ceres' dream of a [[DeadlyEuphemism 'rebooted']] Earth have been realized.]]



* [[spoiler:[[LastOfHisKind Last Of Their Kind]]: Lilah and Max, if you allow the Conductor to make manifest CERES' dream to 'reboot' the world and rid it of humans.]]

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* [[spoiler:[[LastOfHisKind Last Of Their Kind]]: Lilah and Max, if you allow the Conductor to make manifest CERES' Ceres' dream to 'reboot' the world and rid it of humans.]]



* MeaningfulName: The Conductor, CERES' physical avatar. [[spoiler: If you don't return control of CERES' systems to CERES itself after Max sabotages them, the Conductor leads CERES' nanobots in their [[DeadlyEuphemism 'rebooting']] of Earth as though they were an orchestra and she were their conductor.]]

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* MeaningfulName: The Conductor, CERES' Ceres' physical avatar. [[spoiler: If you don't return control of CERES' Ceres' systems to CERES Ceres itself after Max sabotages them, the Conductor leads CERES' Ceres' nanobots in their [[DeadlyEuphemism 'rebooting']] of Earth as though they were an orchestra and she were their conductor.]]



** [[spoiler: Return control of CERES' systems to CERES itself. Thanks to Max's meddling, CERES and the Conductor self-destruct, saving Earth and returning you and Max to reality.]]
** [[spoiler: Let CERES' countdown complete, causing the Conductor to lead the nanobots in [[DeadlyEuphemism 'rebooting']] Earth. Once completed, Lilah and Max are returned with the Conductor to reality to witness CERES' dream made manifest.]]
* MundaneUtility: A US political candidate has Lilah use CERES' crossover switch so Lilah can make his district a zero-pollution zone.

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** [[spoiler: Return control of CERES' Ceres' systems to CERES Ceres itself. Thanks to Max's meddling, CERES Ceres and the Conductor self-destruct, saving Earth and returning you and Max to reality.]]
** [[spoiler: Let CERES' Ceres' countdown complete, causing the Conductor to lead the nanobots in [[DeadlyEuphemism 'rebooting']] Earth. Once completed, Lilah and Max are returned with the Conductor to reality to witness CERES' Ceres' dream made manifest.]]
* MundaneUtility: A US political candidate has Lilah use CERES' Ceres' crossover switch so Lilah can make his district a zero-pollution zone.



* RobotGirl: The Conductor, CERES' physical avatar. It even has an electrical halo cap.

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* RobotGirl: The Conductor, CERES' Ceres' physical avatar. It even has an electrical halo cap.



* ShoutOut: Two in the Bureau Realm's "Sources" booth, and in a few other places.

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* ShoutOut: Two in the Bureau Realm's "Sources" booth, and more in a few other places.
1st Feb '16 5:19:54 PM Sark0TAG
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* DoAndroidsDream: What this game's major focus is centered on, and what a sentient AI learns about dreaming.
14th Dec '15 9:03:31 PM Sark0TAG
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* ConceptArtGallery: The sketches in the art gallery of the Statue are actually concept art from the developers.
** One sketch of the Bureau realm shows the Chief in a much different design, and smoking a cigarette that, according to the hint book, would have been used in the same fashion as his glasses that pass through the screen in-game.



** Early sketches in the hint book and in the Statue show that it was originally meant to be seen in 3rd-person view, and previous designs made a more fish-like view instead.



** The developers tried to make these angels more majestic, as seen from a sketch in the hint book, but due to the limited technology of the time, this didn't happen.
6th Oct '15 12:53:55 PM Sark0TAG
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* ArcWords: "Once you've found your inspiration, follow it at any cost. Even if that means playing by your own rules." "And the Machine was complete. And the Machine...no longer needed Max."
** A young Max even recites the last lines of Samuel Colridge's ''Kublai Khan'' poem. First during the video of Max's memories, and again while you're flying towards the moth-plane.

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* ArcWords: "Once you've found your inspiration, follow it at any cost. Even if that means playing by your own rules." "And the Machine was complete. And the Machine...no longer needed Max."
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A young Max even recites reciting the last lines of Samuel Colridge's ''Kublai Khan'' poem. First during the video of Max's memories, and again while you're flying towards the moth-plane.
26th Aug '15 5:51:07 PM Sark0TAG
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: While on a camping trip, Max dreams he is overpowered by CERES, prompting him to install a "crossover switch" to forcibly assert manual control over CERES [[AIIsACrapshoot in case its AI becomes uncontrollable.]] [[spoiler: As the endgame reveals, his fears are entirely justified.]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: While on a camping trip, A while before CERES is launched, Max dreams he is overpowered by CERES, prompting him to install a "crossover switch" to forcibly assert manual control over CERES [[AIIsACrapshoot in case its AI becomes uncontrollable.]] [[spoiler: As the endgame reveals, his fears are entirely justified.]]
24th Jan '15 6:23:02 PM Mullon
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The game plays out through a group of streamlined worlds, similar to the {{Myst}} Franchise.

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The game plays out through a group of streamlined worlds, similar to the {{Myst}} VideoGame/{{Myst}} Franchise.
14th Jan '15 10:30:38 AM Noaqiyeum
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* EldritchAbomination: The Mechanical Spider. This thing can smash oil barrels and scaffolds in one step, and tear off a whole industrial lamp that's bolted down, and its mouth is a raging furnace.
** There's also a smaller, much more benign version that you can physically control in the Church of the Machine later on.
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